Michael Pelikow
Head of Operations & Facilities

Michael spent the past ten years as Director of Operations and Finance for Camp Mesorah. Michael oversaw all capital improvement and renovation projects for the camp as well as managed the day to day operations of the camp year round. He was also responsible for the financial management of the camp. Michael was instrumental in Mesorah’s expansion efforts over the past decade. 


Michael has been in summer camp his whole life as a camper, employee and in management. He is excited for this new chapter in his life to put his skills and expertise to work for Camp Lavi.

Michael lives in West Hempstead and will be joining us with his wife Alisa, and three children Ashi, Mia and Izzy.


Alan Berger 
Director of Programming Operations

Alan is owner and operator of
Grand Getaways, a 1,200 person Passover program in Orlando, Florida.  Alan is a long time Camp Lavi family member and employee working as an athletics director back in the 90's and finally returning as Assistant Director in 2010.

Throughout the winter months Alan is responsible for hiring our South Florida staff members and acting as our liaison in The Sunshine State. Alan lives in Hollywood, FL with his wife Aliza and their five children.

Rabbi Yair Menchel

Director of Programming


Rabbi Yair Menchel currently serves as Grade Dean and Rebbe at Yavneh Academy in New Jersey, where he is a member of the programming team for the Middle School. His camp leadership experience is highlighted by expertise in scheduling, night activities for both children and staff, planning a fun jam-packed calendar and camper engagement. Rabbi Yair was the Youth Director at the Young Israel of West Hempstead and holds a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University, a Masters in Jewish Education and Administration from Azrieli, and received 

S'micha from RIETS.

Some of Rabbi Yair’s hobbies include learning, following the NBA, BBQing and shooting three’s on the basketball court. Rabbi Yair offers a free snack at the canteen for anyone who can beat him in a 3 point shootout. 

He tells us he can’t wait to spend the summer in Camp Lavi with his wife, Sheera, and children, Akiva and Shua.